To Quote Bob Dylan-NO- Direction Back Home.
Well I had promised myself that I will do the Regents Canal walk before Xmas this year-but and let’s face it, the canal walk would end up in a pub somewhere around North London; nothing wrong with that as such, apart from getting caught up with shoppers en route back home. I am going to leave any walking trips until the proper bleak mid winter, when the air is crisp and clean and the majority or tucked under their duvet! So this is my last blog of 2012 .
I have lived in London since about 1982 starting off in South Kensington, some time in North London, then moving to South London to New Cross eventually settling into Brixton. I spent the years 1978-1982 going backwards and forwards from Newcastle to London with long stays in London, then sudden trips back up the M1 often hitchhiking. Brixton was a vibrant place back then and there were lots of squats and coops. Perfect for the time. It was easy to find somewhere a bit run down and do a bit of work in it and live there rent free. A bit of a shambles but when your young you don’t care about things like that , or at least our generation didn’t we thought it was great. I ould see the towi/reality show starts generation dealing with having a hose pipe from the kitchen sink to the bathroom to have a bath….!
Looking back at how I used to live.
London is a massive place and I probably spent over 20 years going to gigs/trying to get bands together and music generally ruled my life .Using London Underground to go most places. I’m old enough to remember when you could sit on the circle line ran all night and you could smoke and drink.! I have since become accustomed to avoiding the tube if /when possible, but it is convenient,.
1979 In these days you could smoke on the tube and the circle line went around and around all night!
Much to talk about through the night! This was always welcome after a night in the MUSIC MACHINE .
- Typical flyer for the Music Machine.. zoom in and check the prices!! you get to see 3 bands for less than £3!
The last two years have seen me looking for adventures close to home. The world has gradually become a smaller and more expensive place to live and I don’t enjoy travelling in the way I used to. It’s a toss-up as to what’s worse- sitting in traffic in a car, or being held up in a train because of engineering works.I cycle to work and generally walk and cycle if I can.
Anyway the point of my waffle is to illustrate that I haven’t spent a lot of time walking along the canals!.
I was planning on a walk along the canal before xmas but with so much going on it just hasn’t happened. Not sure where the next walk will be. I fancy a little stroll down in Margate and want to start planning a weekend away some time soon.
Dec 31st 2012..
It will soon be finished, I always like the end of the year as it gives me hope that the next year will be better. In the current grim climate, there is no guarantee but you have to find your fun where you can and create your own reality somehow.